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September past and October forward

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 9/28/2010

It's true what they say that time flies when you're having fun, but I think it's more true to say time passes in warp speed when you're busy! August and September were the epitome of this for me. After travelling to Kentucky, DC, Maryland and Oregon I was able to come home for about a week. It felt good to be back in Minnesota after a couple weeks of travelling around the country for client meetings and conferences. I caught up on a little rest, but mostly work while I was home for that week.

I headed back out on the road on the 8th when I flew out to San Francisco, California to meet with a client, prior to my first speaking destination, SharePoint Saturday East Bay on the 11th. At SPS East Bay I spoke on "Governing your users with the new SharePoint 2010 UI." This session looked at new considerations around governance strategy and the necessary planning pieces involved in an upgrade or implementation. I explore the 2010 features that require the greatest governance planning such as managed metadata services, new document/records management, as well as implementation of the new social networking features. In addition to my Governance talk, there were over 40 other sessions and 30+ speakers across 7 different tracks, including Business Intelligence, Social Media, Metadata and Taxonomy, Migration and Upgrade, Branding, and others. It was quite the event! Thanks for everyone that came out. It was good getting to see everyone and meet some new faces as well.

Following SPS East Bay, I sat on an experts panel for some Q&A at the San Francisco Microsoft office on Monday the 13th. To end my California tour, I spoke at SPS Los Angeles on the 18th. Metadata seems to be a very popular topic lately, and one that particularly peaks my interest, as SharePoint 2010 has opened up a lot of new doors around this. I spoke on Metadata at SPS LA, exploring ideas around establishing your term store, basic IA strategies, folksonomy, some of the biggest pitfalls and "gotchas" to avoid, along with some of the best practices around managing your metadata. I attached the slides to this post if you are interested in seeing some of the main points. SPS Los Angeles wrapped up my out of state travels for September! It was fun but I was definitely ready to spend some time at home in Minnesota for a few weeks.

Here are links for my two presentations I gave at both SPS East Bay and SPS LA:
Governing your Users with the new SharePoint 2010 UI
Making Metadata Magic with SharePoint 2010

I got back to Minnesota on the 19th. For the past week, I have been playing catch up on both rest and work. I will be giving some talks around the Twin Cities for my fellow Minnesotans and anyone else in the area next week.

Mindsurf 2010 ( takes place in Bloomington, MN on the 30th of Sept. At Mindsurf I will be talking about Project Management in SharePoint. This session explores the integration points for Project 2010 and SharePoint 2010. The focus will be on exploring the practical use of SharePoint as a project management tool, especially for those individuals and organizations who feel Project Server is somewhat daunting. The session features a demonstration of a project management site built on SharePoint 2010 Foundations that include; task management, relating WBS to tasks, organizing project documents, associating documents with tasks, and much more.

Following Mindsurf 2010, I will be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities on the 2nd of October. At SPS Twin Cities I will be talking about "Why SharePoint Security Really Depends on You" and Business Intelligence with SharePoint. Last I heard there were over 250 people registered for this event. It will be taking place at the University of Minnesota. If you're in the area, you should stop by. It's free and there should be some pretty valuable talks. High Monkey will also have a booth, with a chance to win some nice door prizes.

So in case you're counting that's 6+ events, in 6 different cities and 2 different states in less than 30 days. Needless to say, September was/is a busy month! It was good seeing everyone and meeting a lot of new people along the way. As promised, slides for all of my talks are now available! Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!

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More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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